The GWJ cRPG Club Main Thread Part 2 - It wants to suck your blood.

I'll second Greedfall.

Sorbicol wrote:
Neutrino wrote:

I'll be playing Fell Seal: Arbiters Mark with the jRPG club so I'll second that here.

Also, my nomination: Star Traders: Frontiers

Something a little lighter that I can also play on my tablet, just in case the Strategy club picks something meaty!

As much as I like that nomination (a game I own that I've not really touched) I'm not sure it's really an RPG? It's more like an open sandbox game I would have thought.

However, happy to stand with a majority decision!

I also own it but haven't played for more than an hour. I was really just going off their description:

Command your ship and crew as a space pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more in Star Traders: Frontiers – an epic space RPG from Trese Brothers Games.
Venture forth into a massive open universe, rich with adventure and the lore of the Star Traders. Choose your path by assembling and commanding your custom crew and spaceship in a constantly evolving galaxy torn by internal strife, political intrigue, and alien threats

All good if it doesn't properly fit into the RPG genre.

KENSHI

Neutrino wrote:

I also own it but haven't played for more than an hour. I was really just going off their description:

Command your ship and crew as a space pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more in Star Traders: Frontiers – an epic space RPG from Trese Brothers Games.
Venture forth into a massive open universe, rich with adventure and the lore of the Star Traders. Choose your path by assembling and commanding your custom crew and spaceship in a constantly evolving galaxy torn by internal strife, political intrigue, and alien threats

All good if it doesn't properly fit into the RPG genre.

Of the hour or two I've played of it, there doesn't seem to be a clear main plot you follow, and what there is is entirely optional. However, given Skyrim's main plot is there to taken or not taken, maybe I'm being overly fastidious.

I'll second and we'll let the masses decide.

Is it too late to second Greedfall? Also, I think there’s a lot of excitement in the strategy club barracks to play Fell Seal fwiw.

This seems to come up from time to time. For what it's worth, here's CRPG Addict's definition of a CRPG:

A computer game that adopts the mechanical conventions of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), including attributes, inventories, experience and leveling, and probability-based combat. Please note that "playing a role" is not a distinguishing characteristic of a CRPG. You play a role in almost every computer game.

Star Traders would definitely fit this I think.

jdzappa wrote:

Is it too late to second Greedfall?

Yep, ubrakto beat you to it.

This is why I love these clubs, had never even heard of Fell Seal until today.

We now have slightly less than 24 hours to go before the initial nomination round closes - still time to get some nomination and seconding in you desire! We now have the following games accounted for:

Nominated & Seconded:

Wildermyth
Skyrim
Dragon's Dogma
Wasteland 3
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiters Mark
Star Traders: Frontiers

Nominated only:

Mass Effect 3
Torchlight
Kenshi

I just checked out Fell Seal, not sure if it's been mentioned but it is 75% off on Steam until July 7. It looks really fun, and I'm going to go ahead and grab it with the DLC for $10.73. I think this will end up high on my vote list.

SillyRabbit wrote:

I just checked out Fell Seal, not sure if it's been mentioned but it is 75% off on Steam until July 7. It looks really fun, and I'm going to go ahead and grab it with the DLC for $10.73. I think this will end up high on my vote list.

Steam sale close on the 7th July so the aim here is to have the next game lined the end of this weekend so there are a couple of days left to pick up the game.

Ha, I totally missed the fact that the summer sale had started. Nothing gets past me!

OK.

4 hour warning - give or take - for nominations. If there's anything else you'd like considered, now is the time.

If we don't get any more I will probably move straight to ranked votes given we only have 7 nominated and seconded games.

I'll second Kenshi!

Zilla Blitz wrote:

I'll second Kenshi!

Kenshi is 60% off in the Steam Sale, and is the game I will be advocating for every single vote until we finally play it. I think the insane amount of flexibility and randomness would make for a discussion thread full of unique playthrough stories.

I think the best argument for Kenshi is the Steam reviews, many of which are just stories of how things unfolded in someone's playthrough, no two of which are alike:

I met my best friend in slavery, and he sacrificed himself so I could get away. It's been months, Hotlongs. I will set you free one day. I miss you

I enslaved the dictator of a nation hell bent on the destruction of all robots. Once enslaved, I systematically removed his limbs and replaced them with robot limbs, essentially making him a living embarrassment to his entire nation.

My plan backfired: his hatred fueled him and when he escaped he beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of my villagers with his hardened steel hands and feet.

Lost a leg, bled out crawling through the desert, rescued by slavers, became a slave, became a master locksmith, crawled to my freedom, slithered around peoples homes at night, learned to steal, incarcerated again, rinse, repeat. Finally made some money, hired a man to carry me, named the brute Hodor, travelled the world, found a new leg, became a master thief, almost died +20 more times, hired many more members, started massive rum operation which grows into a full living city.

Now I stand atop my tower as Hodor trains armies to raze slaver encampments, as my scientists build state of the art prosthetics, as my logistic and agricultural personnel fuel the operation, as my turret gaurds shoot slavers for practice, as my smiths craft armor and blades 10 times more expensive than what I was appraised as a slave. There will be blood.

I decide to go on a nightly stealing spree with my thief. Usually I can get pretty good pickings, but sometimes I have to run for my life and wait for things to dial down.

My thief is picking through the shopkeeper's belongings, when a camel-like beast from the caravan wanders into the shop with her. Turns out my thief left the door open - she's still new at this. Now, these camels wander all throughout buildings in town, so this is normal behavior for the camel. Only this time the camel is in a shop after dark, and this camel is pretty loud, so it wakes the shopkeeper upstairs.

My thief runs for it, closing the door behind her. The shopkeeper runs downstairs only to find the camel. And this is where Kenshi becomes Kenshi.

In most games I've played, this would be treated as a glitch. Nothing would happen. The camels aren't supposed to wander into the shop after dark, so this would just be aberrant behavior.

Instead, the shopkeeper sees the camel, thinks it's busting up his shop, and starts to attack the camel. The camel fights back. Pretty soon, the shop guard is fighting the camel too. The caravan guards join in the fray, and then the whole town erupts into fighting. It's the caravan vs. the town guards. The town guards win out, and there are bodies and prisoners everywhere. My thief takes advantage of the situation to pick the bodies clean of any loot. She's cold-hearted like that.

OK. Times Up.

Pick 6 Voting time

So we have 8 candidates entering the Pick 6 Round, looking to be one of the games to make it to ranked choice voting.

In this voting round, pick up to 6 candidates that you'd like to play. This is an unranked round, so just list them in any order. We have some new games, some older games, and a few slightly out there choices.

This round will run until 9pm GMT on Friday, 1st July. At that point, the top 5-7 vote getters will be carried over to our ranked voting round. (If two games are tied for 6th place, we'll carry both games to the final round. If more than 2 games are tied for 6th place, we'll drop them and carry 5 games to the final round.)

The Nominees:

Wildermyth £14.61 (~$17) - 55.5 hours
Skyrim Special Edition £11.54 (~$14) - 116 hours
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen £3.83 (~$5) - 55.5 Hours
Wasteland 3 £10.22 (~$12) 49.5 Hours
Greedfall £11.99 (~$15) 41.5 hours
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark £5.99 (~$7) 51.5 Hours
Star Traders: Frontiers £5.69 (~$7) 31 hours
Kenshi £9.19 (~$11) 166 hours

All prices are Steam Sale prices, I've estimated the US Dollar prices as I don't have a VPN to check.

Sorry, no place for Torchlight or Mass Effect 3!

Quick List for easy voting:

Wildermyth
Skyrim
Dragon's Dogma
Wasteland 3
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
Star Traders: Frontiers
Kenshi

Kenshi
Wasteland 3
Fell Seal
Star Traders
Wildermyth

Wildermyth
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark (cross play)
Star Traders: Frontiers
Kenshi

Legion convinced me on Kenshi. But I've had Wildermyth on my list for a while. If one wins I will buy. The other 2 I already own but need to play more.

Wildermyth
Skyrim
Dragon's Dogma
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
Star Traders: Frontiers

Wildermyth
Wasteland 3
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

Wasteland 3
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

So many good games in here! Here are my six...

Dragon's Dogma
Wasteland 3
Greedfall
Skyrim
Star Traders: Frontiers
Kenshi

EDIT: Slightly tweaked this after posting. Dropped Fell Seal since it's the JRPG choice and added Skyrim instead.

D-Dog is the only thing I'd consider playing at this point, likely with numerous mods, so:

Dragon's Dogma

Dragon's Dogma
Skyrim
Fell Feal

Skyrim
Dragon's Dogma
Greedfall

Wildermyth
Skyrim
Dragon's Dogma
Wasteland 3
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

Fell Seal
Skyrim
Wildermyth
Greedfall

Wildermyth
Dragon's Dogma
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

Kenshi
Fell Seal
Dragon's Dogma
Greedfall

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
Kenshi
Wildermyth
Greedfall
Star Traders: Frontiers

Wildermyth
Skyrim
Greedfall
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
Star Traders: Frontiers
Kenshi

Finally looked at Kenshi, and yeah, OK, I could get on board that train. This ended up being a tough list to whittle down, as all of them have something of interest to me (surprisingly). Dropping Dragon's Dogma and Wasteland 3 was basically throwing darts blindfolded.